Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer
Experienced Injury Representation in Jacksonville
Since 2004 the Pendas Law Firm has been helping clients in Central and Southwest Florida recover financial compensation following personal injury incidents. Our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers are skilled trial lawyers with experience in handling a variety of personal injury cases. We strive to deliver exceptional results for our clients while providing our clients with excellent customer service.
With over 800,000 residents, Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida. Home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the University of North Florida, the city is blessed with plentiful parks and one of the largest annual jazz festivals in the United States. But although Jacksonville may be a wonderful place to live, it isn’t free of dangers, and injuries occur on a regular basis to individuals throughout the entire city. And it is because of these injuries that the lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm are ready to aggressively advocate.
At The Pendas Law Firm, we understand how traumatizing a personal injury accident can be, and we work tirelessly to help our clients secure the compensation they deserve. We strive to assist individuals who have been injured in car accidents, medical malpractice, and other incidents, and represent grieving families in wrongful death lawsuits.
Whether you have been injured by negligent or willful conduct, our experienced Jacksonville personal injury lawyers will use every tool available to help you secure adequate payment for the injuries you suffered.
We are truly a bilingual firm. All of our injury lawyers and paralegals speak fluent Spanish. This enables us to meet and serve Spanish-speaking clients who do not speak English as well as ensure translations of statements and depositions from English to Spanish and vice versa are accurate. We represent our clients’ interests professionally and with integrity. Speak with one of the best Jacksonville lawyers today.
Personal Injury in Jacksonville
There are a variety of ways a person can be injured in a Jacksonville personal injury incident. We at Pendas Law Firm have seen it all and can help recover much-needed compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses. Contact us if you need help with one of the following issues:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Insurance Claims
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
- Slip & Fall
- Social Security Disability
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Whistleblower Claims
- Workers’ Compensation
Car crashes are a frequent occurrence on Florida’s highways and streets. Whether it is a minor fender bender or a serious collision, you need experienced personal injury representation. Issues such as fault and extent of damages can derail a car crash lawsuit if you are not represented by experienced counsel.
Children are frequent victims of dog bites and dog attacks. Any dog is capable of biting or attacking and inflicting serious damage. Some injuries may not completely heal but instead leave disfiguring scars. The owner of a dog is generally strictly liable for all bites and injuries his or her dog causes, even if the dog had never attacked anyone previously.
You might expect that an insurance company exists to help you in times of need. Sadly, this is not always the case. Insurance companies make money by collecting premiums and then paying out as little as possible on claims that are presented. Sometimes an insurance company can even delay to pay a claim or respond to a customer for weeks or months. One of our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers at the Pendas Law Firm can help negotiate claims with insurance companies and get your claim paid quickly and fairly.
When a doctor or a nurse makes a mistake, the effects can literally be life-altering or life-ending for the patient. The law recognizes the unique relationship between a healthcare provider and patient and holds medical professionals responsible for care that falls below reasonable standards. You often need expert witnesses to show what would constitute reasonable care in any given circumstance.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect seems to be making the headlines more and more in modern times. There are employees at nursing homes who do not care for the residents, often leaving them to suffer in pain or go without food, water, and important medication for hours or days. Other employees see residents of nursing homes as easy targets whom they can physically, emotionally, or sexually abuse. Nursing homes can be held responsible for damages for acts and actions of their employees.
Personal injury cases are usually premised on the idea that someone’s negligence caused your injuries. This can require you to show that another person’s actions were careless, that these actions caused your injuries, and that your injuries can be compensated with a cash award of damages.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Laws in Florida require personal injury protection to be a part of auto insurance policies. These are supposed to be “no-fault” policies that compensate an individual for medical expenses following a car crash. Like other insurance claims, insurance companies can delay in paying PIP claims or even refuse to pay them altogether. Sometimes negotiating with an lawyer can encourage an insurer to pay a claim.
Owners of property have a responsibility to guests and other invitees to make sure their property is in reasonably safe condition. If there are hazards such as slippery floors or defective stairs, the property owner must either make suitable repairs or take measures to protect guests and invitees from injuring themselves. Property owners who do not can be liable for the injuries suffered by guests and invitees.
Defective products can cause serious, even fatal injuries (think of the Ford Pinto and its exploding gas tank). When you have been injured by a defective product, a lawsuit can be brought against the manufacturer for failing to detect and correct the defect.
Sinkholes can be caused by mining or drilling activities. They can also be caused by a broken water main or water pipe underground. Sinkholes can swallow personal property and even people. Where a sinkhole is caused by the activities of another, that person can be held responsible for the damage he or she causes.
Slip and Fall
Slips and falls or trips and falls can cause devastating injuries, especially for the elderly or those who are already prone to injury. Property owners must take reasonable steps to ensure their properties are free from slip hazards (like wet floors) and trip hazards.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM)
Where you are hurt in a car crash caused by an uninsured motorist, your UM coverage should ensure you are compensated. This does not mean your insurance company will pay the claim quickly. If you feel your insurer is delaying in paying your UM claim, contact us for help.
The law protects “whistleblowers” – those who expose illegal, harassing, or unsafe conditions at their workplaces – by making it illegal for employers to retaliate against them. This does not stop some employers from trying to get rid of these employees by encouraging them to quit or finding another reason to fire them. When you feel you have been retaliated against by your employer because of your whistleblower activities, experienced legal counsel can help you recover compensation.
When you are injured or become ill on the job, workers’ compensation statutes guarantee that you receive certain benefits. Some workers’ compensation insurers, however, attempt to avoid paying benefits by claiming the injury is not as severe as you claim or that the injury was not connected to your work activity.
The loss of a loved one can be a devastating occurrence, especially if the death occurs suddenly as the result of someone’s carelessness. The Pendas Law Firm’s team of experienced lawyers can help you navigate this difficult situation and recover much needed compensation for burial expenses, funeral expenses, and other losses.
Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyers
Most of us live fairly safe, comfortable lives, at least compared to how the average person lived a few centuries ago. Our drinking water is, for the most part, safe, we don’t have to worry about being hunted by predators or by dying from infection caused by a small laceration. However, accidents still happen at an alarming rate. While our day to day lives may seem completely sheltered from harm, over 130,000 Americans die each year due to unintentional injuries, and that does not take into account the hundreds of thousands that are killed due to medical malpractice and deaths caused by unsafe or wrongly prescribed prescription medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans visit the emergency room 31 million times per year because of unintentional accidents. These accidents are not always what one would consider a “pure accident,” meaning that it was unavoidable, such as a rock rolling down a steep embankment and causing a car accident. In fact, the majority of car car collisions, and many other causes of serious injury and death, are entirely avoidable. Over 90 percent of car crashes are due to driver error, such as falling asleep at the wheel, becoming distracted, speeding, changing lanes improperly, failing to yield, or driving while under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, slip and falls and injuries at work are often caused by the owner or employer’s negligence, such as failing to create a safe environment for all who enter by not keeping a tidy floor or by stacking merchandise unsafely. When someone is injured through no fault of their own, they deserve to be compensated by the negligent party. Florida’s particular laws governing, fault as well as when and how a personal injury lawsuit may be filed mean that an experienced personal injury lawyer becomes invaluable in all Jacksonville civil lawsuits. If you are a victim of an injury that you did not cause, or you have a family member that has been injured, contact us today. We have been serving our clients in Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Broward County & Miami-Dade County for years with unmatched success.
Proving Negligence is Paramount to Any Successful Personal Injury Case
For any successful personal injury lawsuit or settlement, proving negligence comes first and foremost. Legally, negligence refers to the party that caused your injury. If that person was a doctor that did something that caused you further injury or illness, and it can be shown that the standard of care that they treated you with was less than it should have been, they will be deemed negligent. Likewise, if you were driving along in a reasonable manner and a semi truck suddenly swerved into your lane to make a left hand turn because the driver was being impatient, that truck driver would be deemed negligent. The difficult part of any case is compiling the evidence and witness testimony to show what happened and to prove that the other party was indeed behaving carelessly or recklessly. While a case may seem cut and dry to you, because you were there and were witness to the atrociously negligent behavior of the party that caused you harm, it is not always so easy to prove who was at fault months or even years later. In the state of Florida, victims have up to four years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit (Florida statute 95.11). Memories and fact began to fade even a few days after a major incident, which is why not only acting fast is important, but also having an experienced lawyer at your side is crucial.
Our Duty of Care Holds Us to Certain Behaviors That Benefit Society
Imagine a world in which everyone always did as they pleased: a society that was so self-interested that no speed limits or other traffic laws existed, a society where restaurant owners cut food quality corners to increase profits and in doing so made their invitees sick. Thankfully, we do not live in that sort of society. Laws exist to protect us, and one of the most important obligations that we have as, no matter what avenue of society we are currently in, is to act with a reasonable duty of care. Duty of care, in the law’s eyes, refers to the obligation that we all have to act in a safe manner that does not put others at risk. If that duty of care is proved, in a court of law, to have been broken either intentionally or unintentionally, that party will be deemed negligent and will owe those that they harmed compensation.
Pure Comparative Negligence in The State of Florida Adds Complication to Jacksonville Personal Injury Claims
Not all 50 states view negligence the same as Florida does. In Florida, as well as 13 other states, one or more parties can be found negligent, to varying degrees. For example, if an invitee (customer) in a department store slips on a wet floor surface, falls, and injures their hip, the store owner may likely be found fully negligent. However, if the customer was running at a high speed in the store when the fell on the wet floor, the law may find both parties negligent. If the customer is 20 percent negligent and the store owner 80 percent negligent, the customer will only be able to receive 80 percent of the damages that they incurred, because they are deemed to be partially at fault for their injury. This law applies to all aspects of civil personal injury lawsuits, which adds another layer of complication to any Jacksonville injury claim. If you or your loved one has been injured by another, do not hesitate to contact us today at the Pendas Law firm in Jacksonville to discuss your options with one of our aggressive and experienced personal injury lawyers at 1-888-573-6327.
Contact Us for Jacksonville Personal Injury Representation
Let the Jacksonville personal injury lawyers at the Pendas Law Firm help you recover the compensation you need after a personal injury incident in Jacksonville. Call us at (888)-LPENDAS (573-6327), or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.